DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Many are called into ministry today to continue the work Jesus started when He was on earth some 2 000 years ago. Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, healing every disease and sickness among the people and casting out devils.
As believers, we can do the same works Jesus has been doing and we can do even greater things by God’s grace and through faith in His Word. If we truly belief in Christ, walking by faith, not sight is paramount. When Jesus called and taught his twelve disciples, by faith they went about doing the same works that Jesus did.
Simon (Peter) and Andrew, his brother, while out at the sea were called to follow Jesus to be made fishers of men. At once they left their nets and followed Him.
Jesus also saw two other brothers, James and John sitting in their boat with their father mending their nets. Jesus called them and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Jesus. While Matthew was sitting at the tax collector’s booth, Jesus said to him, “Follow me,” and Matthew got up and followed him.
Apostle Paul was the chosen instrument to proclaim the Lord’s name to the Gentiles and their Kings and to the people of Israel. He obeyed the call after his conversion and began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. His faithfulness to the call led him to be set apart with Barnabas by the Holy Spirit to proclaim God’s Word in the Jewish synagogues.
God expects us to answer His call for we are His chosen vessels to bring deliverance to a lost world. When God calls, he anoints and equips us for the task ahead. The road may seem long, the journey may look hard, but there is blessed assurance to know that God says in His Word, that He will never leave us or forsake us. We are to persevere through it all, for no one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.
Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:25-28, “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.”
Like Paul, many of us today that are called by God faced severe hardship and trials. We might not be shipwrecked or stoned, but we face life’s challenges financially, materially, physically and emotionally. Some have lost their homes, their jobs and their life’s savings. At times, it seems as if we are going under, the flood waters continue to rise and the pain gets more intense, but we know there is no turning back. Jesus says whoever wants to be His disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Him.
We are called to freedom, through love, we are to serve one another. While the harvest is plentiful, the labourers are few, so let us heed the call inspite of and despite of, and go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, as we are commanded by the Lord.
James Chapter 1, verses 2-4 say, we are to consider it pure joy, whenever we face trials of many kinds, because these trials are to test our faith so we can persevere, be mature and complete.
Philip obeyed the voice of an angel of the Lord to go to Gaza. He met an Ethiopian eunuch and explained the passage of scriptures of the Good News about Jesus to him. He was later baptized by Phillip.
Philip, in his obedience, preached Christ in Samaria and God used him mightily. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. With shrieks, impure spirits came out of many and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. As a result, there was great joy in that city.
When God calls us, it is to serve others with love, patience and humility. The Lord will work with us and confirm the word with signs following. I encourage us to make our calling and election sure: “for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” By grace, we will serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. As men and women of God, we are to persevere and endure like Paul did. God’s call upon our lives is not a ‘pie in the sky’ call. But the Lord lets us know that His strength is made perfect in our weakness and He will never leave us or forsake us. As we pursue righteousness, godliness, love, endurance and gentleness, let us remain faithful to our call and live according to God’s will for our lives. Amen.